Ethnomusicologist and percussionist Nolan Warden is a Lecturer in Latin American Music at UCLA where he also earned his PhD. His doctoral dissertation in ethnomusicology is the only English-language study of indigenous Wixárika (Huichol) music, focusing on economic factors in cultural change, Wixárika musicians performing popular Mexican music, and the role of ethnography in the commercialization of ethnic identity.
Nolan's MA degree is from Tufts University where he wrote the first study of Afro-Cuban cajón pa' los muertos rituals, revealing the role of musicians in transculturation and the emergence of new ritual practices. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a double major in Hand Percussion Performance and Music Business. Before Berklee, Nolan studied orchestral percussion and ethnomusicology at Indiana University School of Music.
Nolan has published in African Music, Ethnomusicology Review, Latin Percussionist, Notes, Percussive Notes, World Percussion & Rhythm, and served as Editor-in-Chief of Ethnomusicology Review (previously Pacific Review of Ethnomusicology).
Nolan's performance specializations include Afro-Cuban, jazz, orchestral, Zimbabwean, Ghanaian, afro-pop, and rock music. He has performed internationally in La Pasión Según San Marcos by Osvaldo Golijov, with performances in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Teatro Colón, among other famous venues.